Published August 7, 2018 at 6:19 PM
180807 - Homily - The Spirit of Xystus (Bede)
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Homily - The Spirit of Xystus (Bede)
IN PAST TIMES of controversy, when the unity of the Church was being threatened...
Some popes faithfully preserved and defended the Deposit of Faithbut, they did so with a spirit of severity..and, thus, weakened the unity of the Catholic Church...
But, these efforts, increased confusion in the hearts and mindsof the sons of Godand served only to weaken the Church’s hold on the Deposit of Faith.
Who without fear and with great clarity proclaimed, defended, protected and bequeathed to posterity the Deposit of Faith...in all its fullness and splendor...in a spirit of peace;
And, thus Pope Xystus the “good and peaceful”, preserved both the integrity of the Doctrine of the Faith and the Unity of the Holy Roman Catholic Church.
O Lord God, Grant to your servantFrancis, our pope, the spirit of Pope Saint Xystus!
Saint Xystus, Pope and Martyr: Pray for us.
O Lord Jesus Christ, Head of your Mystical Body: Have Mercy on us!
Have mercy on us!